What I do
I created this area to describe the work I enjoy and how I go about it. My first shot at this was trying to illustrate the process of making an aviation painting destined to be submitted to the Guild of Aviation Artists Summer 2012 exhibition. I now include a similar "day by day" account of the creation of a wildlife painting. So instead of propellers and people the problem now is fur and rocks!

I've had a couple of cracks at wildlife before as you have seen on this site and at www.painters-online.co.uk where I have posted similar images. This time I was inspired to try the Leopard after attending a workshop given by Chris Jones at the Nature in Art Museum in Gloucester. Chris is an internationally known artist and a very good teacher. Although the course was "Painting fur and feathers in acrylics", I've taken some of his advice and used it to provide a framework for this oil painting.

Figures re-appear!

Figures re-appear
About 15 hours in
At this point I've restated the figures. To get the stance of the Flight Dec Officer correct I put on my waterproof walking jacket and gardening gloves and had my wife take some photos. I also photographed my little 1/72 scale Gannet model as it sat one of our baking trays that I had sprayed with water. This, to give me some idea of how the a/c reflection might appear on a wet flight deck.
I also lay in the roundels and underwing markings. These would cause me no end of trouble over the coming days. Perspective is bad enough but on a curved surface!!
The colours used are much the same Ultramarine blue and cadmium red, yellow ochre and of course, white.
I left this for a couple of days because I wasn't sure about the positioning of the figures and their relationship with the a/c.